For Web 2.0 millionaires only?

I had to laugh when I saw this ad in Sunday’s SF Chronicle real estate section. I think the ad’s headline writer is out of sync with whoever chose that stock image of a giggling fortyish couple — unless they made their money in high tech and are hip enough to understand what “ginormous” means.

4 Comments so far

  1. Pete (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 9:01 am

    Main Entry: gi·nor·mous
    Pronunciation: \jī-ˈnȯr-məs\
    Function: adjective
    Etymology: gigantic + enormous
    Date: circa 1948

  2. sf_mark (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 10:59 am


    1948!? What? It’s listed here as a 2007 neologism.

  3. voncookie (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

    I heard a piece (on NPR, I believe) lamenting the fact that the word "ginormous" had been officially admitted into the OED. Luckily, most spell-check programs still thinks it’s gibberish (which I do as well).

  4. Pete (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

    The OED has listed ginormous for many years.

    SF_MARK: Click through to the word listing on your link to see the source for my earlier post.

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